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Lesaka acquires payment platform Adumo for R 1.6bn

Fintech group Lesaka Technologies, Inc.(“Lesaka”) has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Adumo RF (Pty) Ltd (“Adumo”) for ZAR 1.59 billion ($85.9 million translated at the prevailing rate $1: ZAR 18.50 as of May 7, 2024). The transaction is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals. The purchase consideration1 will be settled through the combination of an issuance of 17,279,803 shares of Lesaka common stock to Adumo’s current ultimate shareholders plus ZAR 232 million ($12.5 million) in cash, funded by internal cash resources and external financing. Adumo’s ultimate shareholders include Apis Growth Fund I, a private equity fund managed by Apis Partners LLP (“Apis”), African Rainbow Capital (“ARC”), the largest shareholder of Crossfin Holdings (RF) Pty Ltd (“Crossfin”), as well as the International Finance Corporation and Adumo management.

After giving effect to the acquisition, Lesaka’s ecosystem will serve 1.7 million active consumers, 119,000 merchants, and process over ZAR 250 billion in throughput (ZAR 40 billion card, ZAR 100 billion VAS and ZAR 110 billion cash) per year. The Group will have over 3,300 employees operating on the ground in 5 countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, and Kenya. The acquisition reinforces Lesaka’s position as natural consolidator of Southern African Fintech and will enhance our strengths in both the consumer and merchant markets and follows the successful integration of the Connect and Kazang businesses and the recent acquisition of Touchsides.

Adumo serves approximately 23,000 active merchants. Its primary operations include card acquiring, integrated payments and reconciliation services processing more than ZAR 24 billion ($1.3 billion) in throughput per year. The company’s corporate card services cover over 245,000 card holders supporting payroll, incentives, rewards, and expense management. Adumo ISV, also known as GAAP, is the largest POS and Software-as-a-Service solutions provider to the hospitality sector in Southern Africa.

Lincoln Mali, CEO of Lesaka Southern Africa.

Commenting on the transaction, Lincoln Mali, CEO of Lesaka Southern Africa, said: “We are thrilled to welcome the Adumo team into the Group and Adumo CEO Paul Kent onto our executive leadership team. Adumo’s customer base provides us access to more than 245,000 consumers and to payment technologies that we can incorporate into our existing operations. The pending acquisition of Adumo is another significant milestone for Lesaka as we build the top fintech platform in Southern Africa.”

Steve Heilbron, Head of Corporate Development at Lesaka, added: “This is a landmark deal for us. We are excited to welcome respected shareholders Apis and ARC. The augmentation of product offerings broadens our value proposition and enhances our ability to be disruptive and solve for our merchants’ pain points.”

Adumo Co- Founder and Chief Executive Paul Kent expressed his excitement about the partnership: “We look forward to joining forces with the Lesaka team and contributing to the continued success of the Lesaka story. Our combined offering will significantly enhance the customer value proposition, and it is a natural fit considering our respective strengths and technology offerings.”

Crossfin, who was instrumental in the initial formation and growth of Adumo since 2017, Chief Executive, Dean Sparrow said: “We are very pleased to have found an exceptional home for the Adumo Group and see this next step in Adumo’s growth journey as an incredibly exciting and logical evolution for the business, its customers and staff alike.”

Matteo Stefanel and Udayan Goyal, Co-Founders and Managing Partners of Apis Partners: “Apis has enjoyed a very successful partnership with Adumo over the past few years, supporting the company with significant capital raises and coordinating key acquisitions. We look forward to being a part of the exciting new chapter with Lesaka, which we expect will bring continued success to the business.”

The transaction is expected to close in the third calendar quarter of 2024 and is subject to shareholder and regulatory approvals and satisfaction of customary closing conditions.

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